FORGERIES on EBAY: Things to Look for Before Bidding

by Sue Hooven
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO IF I PURCHASED A FORGERY OR ILLEGAL COPYRIGHTED ITEM?

It can be very frustrating to find out that you have been scammed and to watch the scammers continue to make money off other victims but taking the following steps WILL help stop forgeries so take heart your voice will make a difference and there is a chance you can get your money back.  If you can take all the following steps:

1)      Immediately contact the police and file a report. Your local police department is required to take the report and they will be forwarded to the district of the seller. DO NOT let the police department tell you only to report it to EBay because Ebay does not have the authority to press criminal charges. If criminal charges are brought the seller may be required to pay restitution and refund all the victims money. A criminal court order can NOT be bankrupted so it is a legal judgment that the convicted criminal is required to pay.

2)      After filing a police report then report the incident to EBay’s Fraud Department and submit the police report number.

3)      Leave negative feedback on the seller to warn other buyers.

4)      Contact the studio and celebrity and provide the police report number.

5)      Contact Pay Pal or your Credit Card and initiate a dispute to get your money back.

Finally, in your letters to the studios and celebrities formally request that they implement a forgery prevention program. The FBI has suggested a forgery prevention program to the studios and celebrities using a tamperproof holographic label and it will virtually SHUT DOWN forgeries and illegal copies. It only costs a few pennies but the studios and celebrities are waiting for the public to show interest in forgery prevention so your voice definitely makes a difference.

 
To Contact the CELEBRITIES regarding forgeries address to:

Screen Actors Guild

Forgery Prevention

Alan Rosenberg; President
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600
FAX NUMBER: (323) 549-6677  
 

FBI Contact Information:

Forgery Program is called Operation Bullpen
san.diego@ic.fbi.gov
Telephone: (858) 565-1255

Here is the contact information for the studios:

Make sure to address to the  LEGAL DEPARTMENTS:

STUDIOS

DREAMWORKS SKG
www.dreamworks.com
1000 Flower St.
Glendale, CA 91201
Phone 818-695-5000

METRO GOLDWYN MAYER (MGM)
www.mgm.com
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone 310-449-3000

MIRAMAX FILMS (LA)
www.miramax.com
8439 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone 323-822-4100

MIRAMAX FILMS (NY)
www.miramax.com
375 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10013-2338
Phone 212-941-3800

NEW LINE CINEMA (LA)
www.newlinecinema.com
116 N. Robertson, Ste. 400
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone 310-854-5811

NEW LINE CINEMA (NY)
www.newlinecinema.com
888 Seventh Ave., 20th Fl.
New York, NY 10106
Phone 212-649-4900

 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES
www.paramount.com
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone 323-956-5000

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
www.sony.com
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone 310-244-4000

TURNER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
www.turner.com
1050 Techwood Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318-5604
Phone 404-827-1500

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
www.fox.com
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone 310-369-1000

UNIVERSAL
www.universalstudios.com
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Phone 818-777-1000

VIACOM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LA)
www.viacom.com
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone 323-956-5000

WALT DISNEY COMPANY, THE
www.disney.com
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone 818-560-1000

WARNER BROS. STUDIOS
www.warnerbros.com
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Phone 818-954-6000

NETWORKS

ABC ENTERTAINMENT
www.abc.com 500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone 818-460-7777

CBS ENTERTAINMENT
www.cbs.com 7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2188
Phone 323-575-2345

COMEDY CENTRAL
www.comedycentral.com
1775 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone 212-767-8600

FOX
www.fox.com
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone 310-369-1000

HBO (LA)
www.hbo.com
2049 Century Park East, Ste. 3600
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone 310-201-9200

HBO (NY)
www.hbo.com
1100 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone 212-512-1000

MTV NETWORKS (LA)
www.mtv.com
2600 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone 310-752-8000

MTV NETWORKS (NY)
www.mtv.com
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Phone 212-258-8000

NBC ENTERTAINMENT
www.nbc.com
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523-0001
Phone 818-840-4444

NICKELODEON/NICK AT NITE/TV LAND
www.nickatnitestvland.com/
1515 Broadway, 38th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Phone 212-258-7500

PBS
1320 Braddock Place
www.pbs.org
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698
Phone 703-739-5000
 
SHOWTIME NETWORKS, INC. (LA)
www.sho.com
10880 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone 310-234-5200